Ask Me Another

Ask Me Another blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music into a rambunctious hour-long show. Play along as Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton. What you'll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend's house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.


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June 23, 2017

Naturi Naughton and Omari Hardwick reveal what inspires their characters on Starz’s Power, then sing the titles to classic 90s R&B hits. This episode originally aired on August 26, 2016.

June 16, 2017

Annabelle Gurwitch shares stories from her humorous memoir, ‘Wherever You Go, There They Are.’ Then we challenge the former ‘Dinner and a Movie’ co-host to guess real and fake recipes from the show.

June 9, 2017

Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn helps us “make it work” in a game that rewrites his famous catchphrase. This episode originally aired on December 16, 2016.

June 2, 2017

Comedian Kathleen Madigan talks about her Netflix special ‘Bothering Jesus,’ then battles Lewis Black in a quiz about life on the road. This episode originally aired on Feb. 3, 2017.

May 29, 2017

Tiny Desk Contest winner Tank and the Bangas played more music than we could fit into our episode. So here’s the entire four-song set! Be sure to check out the full episode in your podcast feed.

May 19, 2017

Madam Secretary’s Tim Daly shares what it’s like being in a show about the American government in our current political climate, and his friendship with Madeleine Albright.

May 12, 2017

Tony Nominee Andy Karl from Broadway’s Groundhog Day shares what makes the script irresistible and his thoughts on movies turned musicals. Plus a game about weather forecasters who became celebrities.

May 5, 2017

Ask Me Another brings a little bit of Brooklyn to Dallas with special guest Brooklyn Decker — who talks about acting in the Netflix series ‘Grace and Frankie,’ and then plays a game of two truths and a lie — boy band edition!

May 4, 2017

In honor of Ask Me Another’s fifth anniversary, host Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle guru Art Chung revisit the show’s first episode, and check in with actor and author John Hodgman to see how his life has changed since his first appearance.

April 28, 2017

Ask Me Another rises from the ashes in Phoenix, AZ with Penn Jillette! He pulls back the curtain on his distaste for magic, his strictly working relationship with Teller, and his love of being fooled.

April 14, 2017

We travel to the Philadelphia area with Amy Sedaris! She talks about finally starting her dream project, a TV show about hosting, and we put her crafting expertise in a game of “Etsy or Smithsonian?”

April 7, 2017

Natasha Lyonne plans a double feature strategy for her films Yoga Hosers and Antibirth. Then we quiz the actor, who grew up in Herman Melville’s house, on other famous authors’ homes.

March 31, 2017

Josh Groban and Lucas Steele from The Great Comet, a musical based on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, share what makes their show unique, from audience interaction to immersive sound design.

March 24, 2017

Former Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones talks about the birds and the bees on his TBS series The Detour, and helps translate Canadian sayings into American.

March 17, 2017

Comedian Judy Gold talks about coming out to her audience, and her podcast “Kill Me Now,” where celebrities reveal what makes them angry. Then we quiz her on strange episodes of classic sitcoms.

March 10, 2017

The Queen Diva of bounce music, Big Freedia, gives advice to aspiring twerkers and reveals what it’s like to get a phone call from Beyoncé.

March 3, 2017

Madam Secretary’s Tim Daly shares what it’s like being in a show about the American government in our current political climate, and his friendship with Madeleine Albright.

February 24, 2017

Gillian Jacobs and Kate Micucci, stars of Mike Birbiglia’s film Don’t Think Twice, join Ophira Eisenberg to talk songwriting, scary improv moments, and Scooby-Doo monsters. This episode originally aired on August 5, 2016.

February 22, 2017

Comedian Roy Wood Jr. answers a round of rapid-fire questions in this bonus that couldn’t fit into our recent episode. Find out what Baskin-Robbins flavors Roy would advise against.

February 17, 2017

Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. shares the struggles of raising his son in a world with racism and $9 smoothies. Then we quiz him on his favorite pastime—jigsaw puzzles!

February 10, 2017

Ask Me Another travels to Orlando! We talk to Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs about his own surprising career path. Plus, NASA scientists Gioia Massa and Melissa Jones dissect science in Hollywood films.

February 3, 2017

Comedian Kathleen Madigan talks about her Netflix special, ‘Bothering Jesus,’ then battles Lewis Black in a quiz about life on the road. Plus, returning contestants take a second shot at AMA glory!

January 27, 2017

Zazie Beetz shares her theories as to why FX’s Golden Globe-winning series “Atlanta” resonated with fans and critics in its first season. Plus, our Mystery Guest has a hobby that most women do not.

January 20, 2017

AMA goes back to school at Haverford College with all-student contestants! Plus, comedian Eugene Mirman, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in comedy, plays Burger of the Day—AMA style.

January 13, 2017

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora dishes on her TV show “My Kitchen Rules” and the strange ways she kept her edge on “Iron Chef America.” Plus, she guesses odd dishes made up of rhyming foods like “steak cake.”

December 23, 2016

Broadway’s Leslie Odom Jr., who played Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton, joins us to talk about the show’s meteoric rise and his path to Broadway as a high school student.

December 16, 2016

Author James Porath talks rebellious, unapologetic, and brave women in “Rejected Princesses.” Then Project Runway’s Tim Gunn helps us “make it work” in a game that rewrites his famous catchphrase.

December 16, 2016

Author James Porath talks rebellious, unapologetic, and brave women in “Rejected Princesses.” Then Project Runway’s Tim Gunn helps us “make it work” in a game that rewrites his famous catchphrase.

December 9, 2016

Lucasfilm Creative Executive Pablo Hidalgo explains the challenges of keeping the Star Wars universe together. Plus contestants from all over the country phone in for an entirely in-studio episode.

December 2, 2016

Why read books when you can play games about them? Join us as we revisit our favorite literary-themed games. Plus, a novel interview with author and actress Lauren Weedman. It’s a real page turner!

November 25, 2016

NPR Music host Bob Boilen talks about the Tiny Desk Contest and winner Gaelynn Lea plays two of her songs. Then naturally the two play a game about things you find in a desk. This Episode originally aired June 3, 2016.

November 11, 2016

We bring some Brooklyn to our Dallas roadshow with VIP Brooklyn Decker. Decker talks about acting in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, then plays a game of two truths and a lie—boy band edition!

November 4, 2016

Comedian Wyatt Cenac talks puppets and writing letters to SNL that landed him an internship at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

October 28, 2016

Get ready for TV on the radio! We revisit TV-themed games, including bizarre season finales and classic theme songs. Then we find out what Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Emily Nussbaum is watching.

October 21, 2016

Director Ti West and actor James Ransone discuss their new Western In a Valley of Violence. Then they duel it out in a trivia game, proving that the AMA stage is big enough for the both of them.

September 30, 2016

Best known as Hikaru Sulu from Star Trek, the actor, activist and social media sensation talks about Allegiance, the musical inspired by his life, and dramatically reads some especially mundane directions.

September 23, 2016

Natasha Lyonne plans a double feature strategy for her films Yoga Hosers and Antibirth. Then we quiz the actor, who grew up in Herman Melville’s house, on other famous authors’ homes.

September 2, 2016

Comedian and actor David Cross describes what it was like to revisit his character on the IFC series Todd Margaret after a long hiatus. Plus, he plays a game against his wife actress Amber Tamblyn.

August 26, 2016

Naturi Naughton and Omari Hardwick reveal what inspires their characters on Starz’s Power, then sing the titles to classic 90s R&B hits. Plus, a Mystery Guest has hired some unusual summer workers.

August 19, 2016

This week, indie folk duo The Milk Carton Kids wishes you knew just how dark their band name is. Plus, the band plays a Seinfeld-themed version of the game Taboo.

July 22, 2016

Singer-songwriter and actor Loudon Wainwright III joins us to read some clues and play some tunes, including a new song in which he imagines what a world in which Donald Trump became President.

July 8, 2016

This week Big Freedia bounces onto the scene! The queen diva of bounce music gives advice to aspiring twerkers and reveals what it’s like to get a phone call from Beyoncé.

July 1, 2016

Live from Central Park’s SummerStage Festival, it’s a special ’80s-themed episode of Ask Me Another, with the creator and cast of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

June 17, 2016

Kimiko Glenn from Orange is the New Black and the musical Waitress talks about her quick turn-around from audition to regular on the Netflix. Then she sings her heart out to Celine Dion hits.

May 27, 2016

Sir Patrick Stewart talks about living in Brooklyn, becoming a knight, and his new show Blunt Talk. Then, Sir Patrick recites well-known song lyrics with the gravitas of a West End performance.

May 24, 2016

In this extended interview from Ask Me Another’s show in Orlando, Florida, Mike Rowe talks about everything — from his new podcast, The Way I Heard It, to what he learned from Dirty Jobs about job creation and the skills gap.

May 20, 2016

Ask Me Another travels to Orlando! We talk to Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs about his own surprising career path. Plus, NASA scientists Gioia Massa and Melissa Jones dissect science in Hollywood films.

May 13, 2016

Uzo Aduba admits she quit acting the same day she was offered the part of Crazy Eyes on Orange is the New Black. Plus, Aduba plays against her sister in a game about the TV shows they watched as kids.

May 6, 2016

Director and actress Rose McGowan joins us at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo to talk about how she’s challenging the entertainment industry. Plus, Lucasfilm’s Andi Gutierrez tells us about the world of Star Wars Twitter parody accounts.

April 21, 2016

Broadway’s Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton, joins us to talk about the show’s meteoric rise and his path to Broadway as a high school student.

April 14, 2016

Actor Tituss Burgess reveals how he went from Broadway musicals to oddball TV roles on 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, then sings a “sedentary” version of a Guys and Dolls classic.

April 12, 2016

In this Ask Me Another bonus, we turn our phone into a musical instrument to play a round of name that tune.

April 7, 2016

Former Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones talks about the birds and the bees on his upcoming TBS series The Detour, and helps translate Canadian sayings into American.

March 31, 2016

This week, Ask Me Another travels to St. Louis to speak with Prep author Curtis Sittenfeld about her Laura Bush obsession and the similarities between Pride and Prejudice and Fifty Shades of Grey.

March 24, 2016

Comedian Wyatt Cenac talks about his love of puppets and the challenge of releasing his latest album, “Furry Dumb Fighter,” on vinyl. Plus, Viceland’s Hailey Gates on fashion weeks in unlikely places.

March 17, 2016

The Daily Show‘s senior Muslim correspondent Aasif Mandvi discusses what it means to be a satirist of color on TV, and then moonwalks his way through a trivia game about the King of Pop.

February 25, 2016

Broadway star Sutton Foster talks about losing Star Search, winning two Tonys, and playing a 40-year-old pretending to be a 26-year-old on TV. Plus, variations on the titular song from Anything Goes!

February 18, 2016

Illustrator best-known for his comic book series Optic Nerve, Adrian Tomine discusses his proudest New Yorker cover, his latest collection Killing and Dying, and parenthood.

February 11, 2016

This week, comedian Jim Gaffigan talks food, family, and his new TV Land show The Jim Gaffigan Show. Plus, his wife and writing partner Jeannie reveals Jim’s deep, dark secrets.

February 4, 2016

Former child actress Anna Chlumsky talks about her return to acting on HBO’s Veep and her love of Lord of the Rings. Plus, travel back in time with the Beatles’ “Get Back.”

January 21, 2016

Ahead of the series finale of Mad Men, creator Matthew Weiner joins us in Santa Barbara, CA, to talk screenwriting, life before success and his secret past as a Jeopardy! champion.

January 14, 2016

Live from The Bell House, it’s Taran Killam! The Saturday Night Live cast member describes his approach to celebrity impressions before taking on famous SNL catchphrases from the show’s history.

January 7, 2016

Ahead of the season premiere of Todd Margaret, David Cross describes what it was like to revisit his character after a long hiatus. Plus, Cross plays against his wife, actress Amber Tamblyn.

December 31, 2015

Why do the names of cocktails, wrestling moves and old-timey occupations sound so alike? Then get loud with The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle, as he explores the heart of death metal.

December 24, 2015

Revisit some games the whole family can enjoy! From games about silly sounds to an unusual VIP who couldn’t make it to our live show, this episode is sure to bring out the child in us all.

December 17, 2015

This show’s stuffed tighter than a Christmas turkey, with festive food trivia, song parodies and reindeer games galore. Plus Frozen’s composers take on a Mariah Carey classic.

December 10, 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Ellie Kemper talks about how she got her comedy start pitching headlines to The Onion, and about her experience hosting the Today Show.

November 26, 2015

Ann Arbor is a city of many nicknames, and this week we add ‘Puzzleville, USA.’ Listen as Michiganders do math at the movies, try on famous hats and make the sounds of sports mascots. Go Blue!

November 12, 2015

The star of the film Experimenter, Peter Sarsgaard, explains why he works five hours a week at his neighborhood grocery co-op. Plus, the executive producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

November 11, 2015

Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam reveals what it was like working with Donald Trump when he hosted the show last weekend. Plus, Killam explains what goes into the perfect Trump impersonation.

November 5, 2015

The legendary stand-up talks about the lines that can’t be crossed in comedy, and in a game about famous romances throughout history, whispers sweet nothings into your ear– with his signature voice.

October 29, 2015

In time for Halloween, Bruce Campbell pumps us up for TV’s long-awaited Ash vs. Evil Dead. Then co-star Lucy Lawless joins Campbell onstage for a game that puts their undead expertise to the test.

October 15, 2015

The creators of the cult podcast Welcome to Night Vale reflect on its runaway success and help lead a game about mysterious phenomena…that one should never speak of or acknowledge. This message will now self-destruct.

October 8, 2015

This week, indie folk duo The Milk Carton Kids wishes you knew just how dark their band name is. Plus, the band plays a Seinfeld-themed version of the game Taboo.

September 17, 2015

Decode devious anagrams with novelist Meg Wolitzer. The author of The Interestings talks about the challenges in writing her first young adult novel, Belzhar, and her adolescent journaling habits.

September 10, 2015

Broadway’s Sutton Foster talks about losing Star Search, winning two Tonys, and playing a 40-year-old pretending to be a 26-year-old on TV. Plus, variations on the titular song from Anything Goes!

September 3, 2015

Two professional competitive eaters square off in a game inspired by a Twisted Sister song. And V.I.P., Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport, dishes about culinary trends and the scourge of Yelp.

August 27, 2015

Uzo Aduba admits she quit acting the same day she was offered the part of Crazy Eyes on Orange is the New Black. Plus, Aduba plays against her sister in a game about the TV shows they watched as kids.

August 20, 2015

Sir Patrick Stewart talks about living in Brooklyn, becoming a knight, and his new show Blunt Talk. Then, Sir Patrick recites well-known song lyrics with the gravitas of a West End performance.

August 6, 2015

Comedian and top-notch ranter Lewis Black tells you what he thinks about everything from child beauty pageants to Donald Trump. Plus, sing pop songs with the grammatical tendencies of Cookie Monster.

July 30, 2015

Live from Central Park’s SummerStage Festival, it’s a special ’80s-themed episode of Ask Me Another, with the creator and cast of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

July 23, 2015

This week, Ask Me Another travels to St. Louis to speak with Prep author Curtis Sittenfeld about her Laura Bush obsession and the similarities between Pride and Prejudice and Fifty Shades of Grey.

July 16, 2015

Children’s author Mo Willems wants his books to be “played,” not read, and recalls how a botched job interview landed him on Sesame Street. Plus, a cry-along “Cat’s In The Cradle” music game.

July 10, 2015

Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan discuss their differences of opinion when it comes to eating AND writing about eating.

July 9, 2015

This week, comedian Jim Gaffigan talks food, family, and his new TV Land show The Jim Gaffigan Show. Plus, his wife and writing partner Jeannie reveals Jim’s deep, dark secrets.

July 8, 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper joins us on the AMA stage to talk TV, positivity, and her current stint as a host on The Today Show. Stay tuned for the full episode, out later this year.

July 2, 2015

This week, indie actor Kevin Corrigan talks about working with Martin Scorsese twice over two decades, and playing against type in his new romantic comedy, Results. Plus, a game about celebrity workout tapes.

June 25, 2015

Soul-pop band Lake Street Dive reveals how it kills time on the tour bus: singing ’90s hits, playing songs on balloons and a game called “Guess Butt.” Plus, hear some tunes off Bad Self Portraits. This episode originally aired on October 17, 2014.

June 18, 2015

This week, Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and Spy, discusses why funny women should be bigger stars, and reflects on the legacy of Freaks and Geeks. This episode originally aired July 19, 2013.

June 11, 2015

This week, alt-rock duo They Might Be Giants return to talk about the revival of their ’80s answering machine service, “Dial-A-Song.” Plus they lead a game where you have to be wrong to win.

June 4, 2015

Ahead of the season-one finale of hit show ‘Younger’, Sutton Foster joins us to play a Broadway themed game.

June 4, 2015

Get your popcorn ready for a thrilling, action-packed hour, as our V.I.P., Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman, shares his formula for making an edgy, mind-blowing blockbuster film. This episode originally aired July 10, 2014.

May 28, 2015

This week, former child actress Anna Chlumsky talks about her return to acting on HBO’s Veep and her love of Lord of the Rings. Plus, travel back in time with the Beatles’ “Get Back.”

May 21, 2015

This week’s Very Important Puzzler, designer and potter Jonathan Adler, creates his eye-catching home furnishings much like we aim to design our games — to be colorful, witty and full of joy. This episode originally aired on January 9, 2014.

May 15, 2015

Extended Interview: Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner joins us in Santa Barbara, CA, to talk screenwriting, life before success, and his secret past as a Jeopardy! champion.

May 14, 2015

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner joins us in Santa Barbara, CA, to talk screenwriting, life before success, and his secret past as a Jeopardy! champion.

May 12, 2015

Coming up this week, we talk with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner about the end of his landmark TV series, and put him in the puzzle hot seat with a little help from his friends. Hear the entire episode with Matthew Weiner starting May 14th, 2015.

May 7, 2015

This week, nothing is taboo as we chat with the “Dark Prince of Comedy” Anthony Jeselnik, get snarky about sharks and sing along to a classier version of Sisqo’s “Thong Song.” This episode originally aired on August 14th, 2014

April 30, 2015

Author Neil Gaiman sings 19th century operettas, stumps his fans and discusses his fandoms.This episode originally aired on November 13th, 2014

April 23, 2015

Indie pop star Ingrid Michaelson performs on her ukulele, turns on her Staten Island accent, and covers a song by Somebody That You Used to Know.

April 16, 2015

John Turturro, a regular in films by the Coen Brothers, Spike Lee and explosions-loving Michael Bay, recently hit the director’s chair himself. How will the Quiz Show star fare on a real game show? This episode originally aired on May 29, 2014.

April 13, 2015

Hear Ophira Eisenberg’s unedited interview with legendary sex advice columnist, Dan Savage. LIVE from The Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California. WARNING: Adult language and themes.

April 8, 2015

Coming up this week we’re LIVE from San Francisco with Pixar’s Brad Bird. Here he describes being wined and dined all over Paris in search of the best Ratatouille recipe while doing research for his animated feature film.

April 2, 2015

The Daily Show‘s senior Muslim correspondent Aasif Mandvi discusses what it means to be a satirist of color on TV, and then moonwalks his way through a trivia game about the King of Pop.

March 26, 2015

Food writer, culinary expert and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons dishes on which food trends you should heed and which are oh-so-last-year. Hello poutine, good-bye cakepop! This episode originally aired October 9, 2014.

March 19, 2015

Actors Jonathan Groff and Raúl Castillo play a will-they-or-won’t-they couple in HBO’s Looking and recreate their onscreen chemistry in a game about famous TV on-again, off-again romances.

March 14, 2015

It’s March 14th, otherwise known as Pi Day–and this one’s special, because the date (3/14/15) shows the first five digits. Math makes us hungry; join us in a pie shop for some pie-related trivia.

March 12, 2015

Actor Tituss Burgess reveals how he went from Broadway musicals to oddball TV roles on 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, then sings a “sedentary” version of a Guys and Dolls classic.

March 5, 2015

Revisit a cherished childhood hobby with this week’s Very Important Puzzler, LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya, who builds astounding, life-size sculptures out of those magical bricks. This episode originally aired on March 20, 2014.

February 26, 2015

The creators of the cult podcast Welcome to Night Vale reflect on its runaway success and help lead a game about mysterious phenomena…that one should never speak of or acknowledge. This message will now self-destruct.

February 25, 2015

How does Cecil Baldwin get into the mind of Cecil Gershwin Palmer, the voice of Night Vale on the cult podcast Welcome To Night Vale? It involves underwear.

February 20, 2015

Ethan Hawke talks about the challenges of maintaining a successful acting career over several decades… and making a movie over the course of 12 years. The release of 2014’s BOYHOOD, nominated for six Oscars (including Best Supporting Actor for Hawke), marked his eighth collaboration with director Richard Linklater. This episode originally aired on November 6, 2014.

February 13, 2015

Beloved children’s author Mo Willems (Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!) knew he wanted to write at an early age. In this bonus clip, our VIP goes back to his own childhood and recounts a well-intentioned letter he sent to his hero, Charles Schulz.

February 12, 2015

Calling all Knuffle Bunnies: Children’s author Mo Willems wants his books to be “played,” not read, and recalls how a botched job interview landed him on Sesame Street. Plus House-Musician Joanthan Coulton plays a cry-along “Cat’s In The Cradle” game.

February 5, 2015

Decode devious anagrams with novelist and word whiz Meg Wolitzer. The author of THE INTERESTINGS talks about the challenges in writing her first young adult novel BELZHAR and her own adolescent journaling habits. And speaking of young adults, toast your favorite mock-tails in a music game called THE TEETOTALLER’S PLAYLIST.

January 29, 2015

Put on some makeup and a wig with John Cameron Mitchell, who recently took over the leading role in his one man show – turned – cult hit film – turned – Broadway smash hit, Hedwig And The Angry Inch (which won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival). Plus, former contestants return to try and redeem themselves in this “second chances” show (Rebroadcast, Episode 327).

January 22, 2015

Grab a Corpse Reviver and perform a Shining Wizard with your Thimblerigger (Why do the names of cocktails, wrestling moves, and old-timey occupations sound so alike?).  Then get loud with North Carolina local John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats as he explores the heart of death metal.

January 8, 2015

What do you think is “the worst”? Let comedian and top-notch ranter Lewis Black (The Daily Show) tell you what he thinks is the worst, from child beauty pageants to soy lattes to Donald Trump. Plus, sing pop songs with the grammatical tendencies of Cookie Monster, and a certain R. Kelly hit becomes “Me Believe Me Can Fly.”

January 1, 2015

This episode is full of subjects known to put fear (or, for some, joy) into your hearts: philosophy, history, math. But fret not. We’ve put our own spin on them, and injected healthy doses of comedy, music, pop culture and puns. Amid these grueling rounds, get into the head of puzzle editor Art Chung, who reveals the process behind creating the show’s games.

December 24, 2014

Sing a comical rendition of “Deck The Halls” and learn about quirky holiday traditions from around the world with writer A.J. Jacobs, The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead and comedian John Hodgman.

December 19, 2014

Sing along in a round with Jonathan Coulton and Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Happy holidays! In other news, you just learned what a ha’penny is. Because you heard it in the song, and Googled it. You’re welcome. Hear the full 2014 Holiday Spectacular episode on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and askmeanother.npr.org.

December 18, 2014

This show’s stuffed tighter than a Christmas turkey, with festive food trivia, song parodies and reindeer games galore. Plus Frozen’s composers take on a Mariah Carey classic (you know the one).

December 15, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of year: the Ask Me Another Holiday Spectacular! This year, we want to celebrate our contestants by highlighting those who give us the wrong answers, but do it in spectacular style. So next time you don’t know the right answer, just take a cue from these fine folks.  Hear the full Holiday episode starting Thursday, December 18th.  Music: “I Don’t Know How To Drive” by Julian Velard. “Ask Me Another Theme” by Jonathan Coulton.

December 11, 2014

(Rebroadcast) You’re in for a hilarious religious experience this week, as our Very Important Puzzler, comedian Mike Birbiglia, shares some bizarre personal tales, including why he once considered becoming a priest.

December 4, 2014

This week on the show, break the rules of spelling, sing along to our re-write of Lorde’s “Royals” (that is about actual royalty), and, if it pleases the court, test your knowledge of cliché legal phrases with star of Benched and Happy Endings, Eliza Coupe. 

November 27, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 307) Eat, pray and love your way through games about Italian foods, oddly-named deities and the best part of any newspaper–the funny pages–with V.I.P. and bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert.

November 20, 2014

(Rebroadcast Episode 314) Make groan-worthy puns about Shaquille O’Neal, sing commercial jingles in Italian, and test your knowledge of rap music with comedian and television writer Hannibal Buress.

November 14, 2014

Neil Gaiman says that he is working on issue #26 of Miracleman, the lapsed comic series he worked on in the 1990s with artist Mark Buckingham. Rumors have flown around the comics community for years — here, he confirms that the series shall return.  Plus, hear what happens when Neil attempts to classify his writing. It’s nearly impossible.  Hear the full episode with VIP Neil Gaiman, “The Model of a Modern Major Game Show,” now.

November 13, 2014

Ask Me Another dons its mask and cape for a super special episode recorded live at New York Comic Con Super Week. In this love letter to comic book nerds and the people who love them, author Neil Gaiman sings 19th century operettas, stumps his fans, and discusses his fandoms: beekeeping, and Gilbert & Sullivan.

November 6, 2014

In honor of Ethan Hawke’s birthday (Nov. 6th), we let him be a little racy on public radio. Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg wonders if future directors will try to trump the Boyhood model — a movie filmed over 12 years — by making movies over even longer periods of time. Then Ethan has an idea. Hear more from Ethan Hawke in our most recent episode, “Puzzlehood.”

November 6, 2014

Ethan Hawke talks about the challenges of maintaining a successful acting career over several decades…and making a movie, Boyhood, over the course of 12 years. Plus: you’ve never heard Rick Astley like how Jonathan Coulton sings Rick Astley.

October 30, 2014

(Rebroadcsat, Episode 303) Inspired by this week’s Very Important Puzzler, the best-selling children’s horror author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps, Fear Street), the games in this show have been designed to scare the answers out of you. Find out what zombies eat when they run out of brains, test your Looney Tunes knowledge through a revised rendition of “Sympathy For The Devil” and find out what else Edgar Allen Poe’s Raven has been quoth’ing on about. Plus: what scares the man whose job it is to scare kids of all ages?

October 29, 2014

In this debut segment of “The Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week,” find out whether lobsters actually pee out of their faces. Share with us the best piece of trivia YOU learned this week by visiting our Facebook or Twitter pages: facebook.com/NPRAskMeAnother | twitter.com/NPRAskMeAnother.

October 24, 2014

In this podcast bonus, enjoy the full version of Lake Street Dive’s VIP Challenege, including two extra questions that didn’t make it to air. Jonathan Coulton performs some radio hits from the 1990s, but butchers the lyrics. It’s up to band members Rachael Price, Bridget Kearney, Mike Calabrese and Mike “McDuck” Olson (and you) to correct them.

October 23, 2014

Soul-pop band Lake Street Dive reveals how they kill time on their tour bus: singing 90’s hits, playing songs on balloons and a game called “Guess Butt.” Plus, hear some tunes played live off their album Bad Self Portraits.

October 21, 2014

In this special video podcast bonus, indie band Lake Street Dive shows off their versatility by leading a game with their favorite tour-bus instruments: balloons. Can you name these squeaky tunes? Hear the full audio episode, with more music from Lake Street Dive, starting Thursday, October 23rd.

October 16, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 311) Bust myths, sing the news and quote action movies: from the San Francisco comedy festival SF Sketchfest, we play games with Community’s Danny Pudi, Mythbusters’ Adam Savage and tech writer Farhad Manjoo.

October 13, 2014

To you Canadian listeners: Happy Thanksgiving! Take a breather from all that family catch-up time to check in with fellow Canucks Ophira Eisenberg and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons. They swap stories about their favorite local foods, and the best circumstances in which to enjoy them. (Do YOU know the best time to eat poutine? We bet you do.)

October 9, 2014

(Episode 328) Food writer, culinary expert and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons dishes on which food trends you should heed and which are oh-so-last-year. Hello quinoa, good-bye cakepop!

October 7, 2014

After 11 seasons and many spin-offs, Top Chef judge Gail Simmons has tried a lot of different dishes. “A lot” is actually an understatement. In this podcast extra, host Ophira Eisenberg wanted to know about the worst and the weirdest. 

October 2, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 316) From Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater, VIPs Aimee Mann and Ted Leo perform an ode to Brew City. Plus, a tribute to the Happy Days hometown with a round of trivia about other shows that have “jumped the shark.”

September 25, 2014

(Episode 327) Put on some makeup and a wig with John Cameron Mitchell, whose one man show – turned – cult hit film – turned – Broadway extravaganza Hedwig and the Angry Inch won a 2014 Tony for Best Musical Revival. Plus, former contestants return to try to redeem themselves in this “second chances” show.

September 22, 2014

John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus) compares the Broadway of yesterday (Hedwig debuted in 1998) to the Broadway of today (Hedwig won four Tony Awards in 2014). The full episode with John Cameron Mitchell drops Thursday, September 25th, 2014.

September 19, 2014

The Aristocrats is the dirtiest, most offensive joke in history — an exercise in extremes for both comedians and audiences alike, and famously told by this week’s Very Important Puzzler Gilbert Gottfried. Here, Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg tries her hand at a version devised especially for NPR listeners. Still: NSFW.

September 18, 2014

This week host Ophira Eisenberg talks with legendary stand-up Gilbert Gottfried about the lines that can’t be crossed in comedy. Then, in his signature voice, Gottfried whispers sweet nothings into your ear in a game about famous romances throughout history.

September 16, 2014

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried goes deep into stories of Old Hollywood with the guests on his Amazing Colossal Podcast. In this bonus clip, Gottfried recalls some highlights, such as when Boris Karloff’s daughter reminisced about Karloff giving Frank Sinatra acting lessons, and David Steinberg told the story of winding up on then-President Richard Nixon’s enemies list.

September 11, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 315) The Oscar-winning songwriters for Disney’s Frozen, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, lend their voices to a puzzling parody of “Let It Go,” and a fierce V.I.P. game pitting spouse vs. spouse.

September 9, 2014

How do you get your geek on? If you’re Ask Me Another, then you rewrite the lyrics to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” to be clues about other geeky hobbies. And if you’re musical guest Julian Velard, then you break out your vocoder and perform it in your best robot voice.  This game originally appeared in Episode 325 “What’s The Magic Word?”

September 4, 2014

(Episode 325) Lev Grossman, this week’s V.I.P. and the bestselling author of the fantasy trilogy The Magicians, explains what happens when wizards lack guidance counselors, and takes you on a trip to the arcade.

September 2, 2014

Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians trilogy, doesn’t mind that his books are often compared to Harry Potter, though decidedly more adult. In fact, he’s a Potter fanatic who once got to meet his idol: J.K. Rowling. But: she didn’t agree with Lev’s assessment of one of her most maligned characters.

August 28, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 309) What’s love got to do with it? A lot, actually. We explore the fuzzy feelings among families, couples and a puzzle guru and his games. Plus screenwriter and author Delia Ephron shares tales from the front lines of the romantic comedy business.

August 27, 2014

When Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson, the hosts of the wonderful NPR podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, came on Ask Me Another, we gave them a game that was, admittedly, kind of hard. Well! Vengeance was sworn against our Ophira and Jonathan. You can hear the vengeance this Friday (8/29/14) when PCHH drops its newest episode, but first, let’s revisit that fateful game.

August 21, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 218) This summer spectacular is jam-packed, and features The Office’s B.J. Novak, Wet Hot American Summer filmmaker David Wain, Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen, singer-songwriter Nellie McKay and puzzlemaster Will Shortz.

August 11, 2014

In this exclusive podcast bonus just in time for Shark Week, comedian Anthony Jeselnik explains his own shark controversy and why New Zealanders now all hate him.  Catch the full episode this Thursday on the AMA Podcast feed.

August 7, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 308) In 1955, Varietypredicted rock ‘n roll would be dead by summer. Ha! We can’t predict the future either, but we caninvite you to learn the ups and downs of hosting a TV show from comic W. Kamau Bell.

July 31, 2014

(Episode 323) Ann Arbor is a city of many nicknames, and this week we add ‘Puzzleville, USA.’ Listen as Michiganders do math at the movies, try on famous hats and make the sounds of sports mascots. Go Blue!

July 24, 2014

(Episode 322) Brush up your British slang with Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,Lord of the Rings), who talks getting into the mind of Caesar the ape and reveals the origin of Gollum’s creepy voice. Warning: This episode contains language that might not be suitable for all audiences.

July 17, 2014

(Favorites Episode 006) Give your brain the ultimate workout as we revisit more of our toughest games to date — can you name famous commercial jingles when sung in Italian, or insert comic strips into your favorite novels?

July 10, 2014

(Episode 321) Get your popcorn ready for a thrilling, action-packed hour, as our V.I.P., Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman, shares his formula for making an edgy, mind-blowing blockbuster film.

July 7, 2014

Director Doug Liman has strived to include a message in all of his films, whether it’s an independent film like “Swingers,” or a blockbuster like “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” In this bonus clip from our upcoming episode, host Ophira Eisenberg talks with Liman about how he’s tried to convey deeper meanings in his films, the political story behind “The Bourne Identity,” and the meaning behind his new film, “Edge of Tomorrow” — how one person can make a difference. Hear the full episode with VIP Doug Liman starting Thursday, July 10th.

July 3, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 302) As the saying goes, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” and this week’s Very Important Puzzler, actor Justin Long has a knack for impressions.

June 27, 2014

Starting in the mid-1980s, They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh and John Linnell used an unusual method of DIY distribution to share new music with their fans. In this bonus clip from this week’s episode, hear them tell host Ophira Eisenberg how they hacked their answering machine, and why.  Did you know Ask Me Another has a voicemail box? Call us at 563-ASK-ME-22 (563-275-6322) and record us your own song!

June 26, 2014

(Episode 320) Brooklyn’s oldest opera house is the stage for a new song from special guests They Might Be Giants, and WNYC’s Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich spar over who has to have the last word.

June 25, 2014

They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton (nerd rock supergroup!) perform “Re: Your Brains” at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Wherever you’re listening to this, we encourage you to sing along, like you’re a zombie.

June 24, 2014

We know you listen to Radiolab becuase of its fascinating stories and explorations, but also because its hosts, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, have a palpable friendship. In this bonus clip from our upcoming episode, host Ophira Eisenberg talks to them about first impressions, mind-melding, and the one argument that’ll never end.  Hear the full episode with VIPs Jad and Robert starting Thursday, June 26th.

June 23, 2014

Hear what it’s like to attend a live taping of Ask Me Another! Host Ophira Eisenberg kicks off the show with a short stand-up comedy set that we can’t air on the radio. This was recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as part of RadioLoveFest, with special guests They Might Be Giants.  Hear our full episode starting Thursday, June 26th.

June 19, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 301) Shake things up in our nation’s capital with one of D.C.’s music legends. V.I.P Ian MacKaye, of punk bands Fugazi and Minor Threat, shares tales from the road and muses about what “punk” means today. Plus: try out your best Nic Cage impression.

June 12, 2014

(Episode 319)We quiz TV critic Emily Nussbaum on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, peek into the world of Wiki-wars and relive some great movie soundtrack moments. Who will vanquish the competition?

June 5, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 226) We know you’re gearing up to binge-watch the 2nd season of Orange Is The New Black this weekend. In preparation, listen to our interview and game with V.I.P. Piper Kerman, author of the women’s prison memoir that inspired the hit show. Plus, hear two Mystery Science Theater 3000 veterans riff on bad movies.

May 29, 2014

(Episode 318) John Turturro, a regular in films by the Coen Brothers, Spike Lee and explosions-loving Michael Bay, recently hit the director’s chair himself. How will the Quiz Show star fare on a real game show?

May 23, 2014

John Turturro has held many classic roles: The Big Lebowski, Do The Right Thing, Quiz Show, and more. He was gracious enough to entertain our idea that he reprise some of his most famous lines for a game. Hear an outtake from that, in which he remembers messing with director Michael Bay on the set of Transformers. Plus, Turturro desribes directing Woody Allen in his latest film, Fading Gigolo, for which Turturro starred, wrote the script, and directed. Hear the full episode with John Turturro starting May 29th, 2014.

May 22, 2014

(Rebroadcast Episode 212) This week, go grocery shopping with celebrities, learn to pronounce some really long German words, and have a little ‘pun’ with animal noises. Plus, find out about one man’s quests to read the encyclopedia from A to Z, live his life according to the Bible, and achieve bodily perfection—author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs. How do you quiz the V.I.P. who knows everything?  

May 15, 2014

(Episode 317) Learn all about proper party etiquette from this week’s V.I.P, the self-proclaimed “King of Partying,” musician Andrew W.K. Plus, we’ll quiz him on the epic rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar.

May 13, 2014

Before he was the “King of Partying,” musician Andrew W.K. had to start somewhere. In this bonus, he tells a classic showbiz tale of his first — and last — gig at the legendary Cafe Wha? in New York City. Hear the full episode with Andrew W.K. starting May 15, 2014.

May 8, 2014

(Episode 316) Recorded at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater, this week’s episode features VIPs Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, who have formed a band called The Both. Hear their personal ode to Brew City, plus a tribute to the hometown of Happy Days with a round of trivia about other TV shows that have “jumped the shark.”

May 6, 2014

Musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo joined Ask Me Another in Milwaukee, WI to talk about their time on the road together as a newly-formed band called The Both. Hear some moments that didn’t make the air.  Catch the entire episode, “Meet Me In Milwaukee,” starting May 8, 2014.

May 1, 2014

(Rebroadcast Episode 222) Prepare yourself for a double dose of NPR hosts. This week’s Very Important Puzzler, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal, reveals a few of his show’s zaniest moments.

May 1, 2014

It’s the first of May! Celebrate springtime with this tune by our very own Jonathan Coulton. But be forewarned: it’s quite NSFW, so you should probably wear headphones.

April 25, 2014

Hear songwriters Bobby Lopez (Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez discuss their competitive working relationship, writing irreverent lyrics for Disney, and which “Frozen” moments their young daughters contributed.

April 24, 2014

(Episode 315)Fresh off an Oscar win for Disney’s Frozen, songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez lend their voices to a puzzling parody of “Let It Go,” and a fierce VIP game pitting spouse vs. spouse.

April 21, 2014

Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning songwriting duo who penned Frozen’s torch song, “Let It Go,” weigh in on its most memorable covers and parodies.  Stay tuned for the full episode of Ask Me Another with Kristen and Bobby, available starting April 24th. 

April 17, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 304) This week, clean up Bruce Willis’ Die Hard catchphrase, trivialize some dog breeds, and since no rule of three is complete without the third item, guess celebrities with triple names. Plus, the lovely and talented singer-songwriter Nellie McKay uses both her voice and brain to demonstrate her love of the icon Doris Day.

April 11, 2014

You may recognize comedian Hannibal Buress from his roles on Broad City and 30 Rock, the latter of which he also wrote for. In this bonus clip from Episode 314: Let’s Do This Thing, Buress describes his experience with improv and its spontanaeity, and the genesis of his recurring role on 30 Rock as an eccentric homeless gentleman.  For more Hannibal Buress on Ask Me Another, visit askmeanother.npr.org.

April 10, 2014

(Episode 314) Make groan-worthy puns about Shaquille O’Neal, sing commercial jingles in Italian, and test your knowledge of rap music with comedian and television writer Hannibal Buress.

April 8, 2014

A teaser for our upcoming episode with comedian Hannibal Buress as our V.I.P. Yes, his game involves a hat tip to Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend,” performed here by Jonathan Coulton with an assist from our in-house audience.  Hear the entire episode with Hannibal starting April 10th, 2014.

April 4, 2014

Remember way back in the summer of 2013, when you couldn’t escape Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”? Well, we think the lyrics could have used some work; after all he rhymes “you wanna hug me” with “what rhymes with hug me?” So, we rewrote the song into a trivia game where all the answers rhyme with “hug me”…sort of.Hear the song in its entirety, sung by our favorite piano-playing troubadour, Julian Velard. You provide the answers.

April 3, 2014

(Episode 313) Get ready for a hilarious religious experience this week, as our Very Important Puzzler, comedian Mike Birbiglia, shares some bizarre personal tales, including why he once considered becoming a priest.

April 1, 2014

Here at Ask Me Another, we like to create a safe space for our VIPs, where they can feel free to bare their souls. Like comedian Mike Birbiglia, who shared with us a story about a visit to a particular doctor.

March 27, 2014

(Favorites Episode 005) This hour, sample a smorgasbord of our favorite food-related games from past episodes. Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton are in the kitchen and cooking with fire for this puzzle feast.

March 20, 2014

(Episode 312) Revisit a cherished childhood hobby with this week’s Very Important Puzzler, LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya, who builds astounding, life-size sculptures out of those magical bricks.

March 17, 2014

Hear Jonathan Coulton perform a cover of Rufus Wainwright’s “California,” recorded at The Castro Theatre in San Francisco during the comedy festival SF Sketchfest.

March 14, 2014

Happy March 14th – aka Pi Day! How will you celebrate? Why not check out this bonus round from our holiday episode, with VIP John Hodgman stepping into the role of puzzlemaster.

March 13, 2014

Bust myths, sing news and break out beloved action movies one-liners: from the San Francisco comedy festival SF Sketchfest, we play games with Community’s Danny Pudi, Mythbusters’ Adam Savage and tech columnist Farhad Manjoo.  

March 11, 2014

For us, the mark of a good show is when we agonize over what to air, and what gets left on the cutting room floor. Our show in San Francisco at the SF Sketchfest comedy festival was one such show. Enjoy these extra clips from Community’s Danny Pudi and Mythbusters’ Adam Savage, and be sure to check out the full episode starting March 13, 2014.

March 6, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 215) Word nerds, unite! This week’s show will whet your appetite for wordplay with a game that mashes up famous names and food items into portmanteaus. Our Very Important Puzzler, comedian and co-creator of The Daily Show Lizz Winstead, is a bonafide game fanatic who shares the definitions of her own, made-up vocabulary, and plays a game about her home state of Minnesota.

March 5, 2014

In anticipation of our special episode recorded live in San Francisco as part of the comedy festival SF Sketchfest, here’s a taste of host Ophira Eisenberg’s rather salty stand-up set from the evening’s pre-show.  You can hear this episode, featuring VIPs Danny Pudi and Adam Savage, as a podcast starting March 13th, 2014.

February 27, 2014

(Episode 310) It’s a trivia lover’s dream this week, as our Very Important Puzzler, editor of The World Almanac Sarah Janssen, shares weird and mind-blowing facts from pop culture, politics and beyond.

February 20, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 216) Sorry, Beatles fans: This hour, Jonathan Coulton turns some of the Fab Four’s most beloved hits into trivia questions about famous historical figures. Is nothing sacred? We’ll also put the King of Horror’s son, novelist and B-movie aficionado Owen King, in the puzzle hot seat as our V.I.P. Plus: play a game that has nothing to do with the HBO series Game of Thrones, and translate common expressions into medical conditions.When it comes to our contestants, you never know what is going to come out of their alimentary canals.

February 13, 2014

(Episode 309) What’s love got to do with it? A lot, actually. This week we explore those fuzzy feelings between families, couples and a puzzle guru and his games. Plus author and screenwriter Delia Ephron shares tales from the front lines of the romantic comedy business.

February 6, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 224) Making heads or tails of the ever-changing job market can be a puzzle in and of itself. Luckily, this week’s Very Important Puzzlers — Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg, co-creators of NPR’s Planet Money podcast — give the scoop on how they help listeners make sense of the global economy. Plus, a literary twist on blockbuster-style movie trailers, a tribute to city names of yesteryear, and a game all about repeating words for effect…effect…effect.

January 30, 2014

(Episode 308) In 1955, Variety predicted rock ‘n roll would be dead by summer. Boy, were they wrong! We can’t predict the future either, but we can invite you to learn the ups and downs of hosting your own TV show, from a comedian who’s been there — this week’s V.I.P., W. Kamau Bell.

January 30, 2014

In this podcast extra, comedian W. Kamau Bell shares his rather lively appearance on The View, sharing the spotlight with pop star Taylor Swift and why he was heckled by Barbara Walters.

January 23, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 223) Do you like trivia? Do you enjoy food? This week, you can have your cake and eat it too. Two professional competitive eaters square off in a music round inspired by a certain Twisted Sister song. Our Very Important Puzzler, Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport, dishes about culinary trends, the scourge of Yelp.com reviews and why he hates giving wine advice. Plus, trivia rounds about nursery rhymes, bad spelling and ironic facts. Find out who’s the cream of the crop, and who’ll be mincemeat.

January 16, 2014

(Episode 307) There’s lots to explore in V.I.P. Elizabeth Gilbert’s adventurous new novel, The Signature of All Things, such as botany and 19th-century erotica. Plus, eat, pray and love your way through games about Italian foods, oddly-named deities and the best part of any newspaper: the funny pages.

January 9, 2014

(Episode 306) This week’s Very Important Puzzler, designer and potter Jonathan Adler, creates his eye-catching home furnishings much like we aim to design our games — to be colorful, witty and full of joy.

January 8, 2014

Style guru Simon Doonan graced our stage in Season 1 and gave an interview deemed “too racy for radio.” We never intended to air it in full, but it’s too good to keep in the Ask Me Another vault. In this podcast-only extra, hear him reveal what body part Freud compared handbags to, speak in a secret language known as “Palare,” and dish out some fashion advice he gleefully calls “demented.”

January 5, 2014

What do you get when you add Jay-Z’s “Problems” to Three Dog Night’s “Loneliest Number”? In this Season 1 bonus round, puzzle guru Art Chung challenges contestants to solve simple arithmetic problems using numbers found in pop culture. Calculus is a lot less scary when it involves your favorite band.  Plus, Jonathan Coulton performs an original and puzzling song about fractals, “Mandelbrot Set.”

January 2, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 221) If you believe in magic, then this week’s show is for you. Play word games based on Missy Elliott lyrics, do your own version of a TED talk, and brush up on foodie lingo. You’ll also learn about irregular plurals, and take a thesaurus to the Oscars. This week’s V.I.P. is comedian and podcaster Julie Klausner, who dishes on pop culture and her love of The Monkees.

December 30, 2013

With parodies like “Eat It,” “Addicted to Spuds,” and “Like a Surgeon,” “Weird Al” Yankovic’s songs were pretty much begging to be made into an Ask Me Another game. In this bonus round from Season 1, we pay tribute to our favorite accordion-playing, pop culture-loving, food-punning parodist. House musician Jonathan Coulton makes contestants sing along to Weird Al’s songs.

December 28, 2013

The 1960s were a different time. Married couples were separated at formal dinner parties (unless they were newlyweds), women lowered their eyes while they were being toasted, and it was uncouth for men to consume a mixed drink. In this bonus round from Season 1, host Ophira Eisenberg quizzes contestants on shockingly antiquated etiquette rules from the Mad Men era.

December 26, 2013

(Rebroadcast, Episode 217) If you’re the type of person who gives your pet a name like “Chairman Meow,” then you’ll be right at home with this week’s games. We’ll combine highbrow folks (world leaders) with the lowest form of comedy (puns), spend a little time in Celebrity A-A, and hear Jonathan Coulton apply his mellow song stylings to the electric wizard, Jimi Hendrix. Plus, we have the inventor of fantasy baseball, Daniel Okrent, on the show to play a game about the sport’s most hilarious oddities.

December 25, 2013

It’s Christmastime, and you’re living on an asteroid run by evil robot overlords. You’re writing one of those end-of-the-year family recap letters to everyone you know. What would it say? House musician Jonathan Coulton knows, and shares this holiday song of mirth, mistletoe and glowing red eyes, live from the Ask Me Another stage.

December 21, 2013

December 21st , 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the first published crossword puzzle by Arthur Wynne. To celebrate this centennial, please enjoy listening to the wordplay wizard (and New York Times crossword editor) Will Shortz take on our puzzle guru John Chaneski in an intense word-puzzle showdown.  We have another treat for you, too. Head to NPR.org to try your hand at a special crossword puzzle written by John Chaneski just for this occasion. Go on, it’ll be good for you. Only one question remains: will you use pencil, or pen?

December 17, 2013

(Episode 305) Start a puzzle-filled holiday tradition with three Very Important Puzzlers: writer A.J. Jacobs, The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead and comedian John Hodgman. This week, sing a comical rendition of “Deck the Halls,” and learn about quirky holiday traditions from around the world.

December 13, 2013

What’s better than a Christmas carol? A Christmas carol with a built-in puzzle, of course. In our forthcoming Holiday Spectacular, we play a game in which house musician Jonathan Coulton sings clues to the tune of “Deck The Halls.” Contestants must sing the answers with “fa-la-la’s.” It all fits together into one gloriously weird song, which you can hear in this podcast-only extra, featuring contestants Rob Gilleece and Karen Sloan. Hear the full Holiday Spectacular episode starting December 17th, 2013.

December 12, 2013

Play it again, Coulton. This week, revisit some of the most raucous and rolling musical games from the Ask Me Another archives. They’re led by our house musician, the geek-rock legend himself, Jonathan Coulton.

December 5, 2013

(Episode 304) This week, clean up Bruce Willis’ Die Hard catchphrase, trivialize some dog breeds, and since no rule of three is complete without the third item, guess celebrities with triple names. Plus, the lovely and talented singer Nellie McKay uses both her voice and brain to demonstrate her love of the icon Doris Day.

November 28, 2013

(Rebroadcast, Episode 220) Strap on your safety goggles: we’re turning up the Bunsen burners for a special math and science-themed episode, recorded at the 2013 World Science Festival. Play games that contain a Periodic Table spelling bee, turn pop songs into algebraic equations, and imagine if Greek goddesses had their own franchise of Real Housewives. Plus, our Very Important Puzzler, Cornell University math professor Steven Strogatz, is on a mission to prove that math isn’t scary, but actually joyful.

November 21, 2013

(Episode 303) Inspired by this week’s Very Important Puzzler, the best-selling children’s horror author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps, Fear Street), the games in this show have been designed to scare the answers out of you. Find out what zombies eat when they run out of brains, test your Looney Tunes knowledge through a revised rendition of “Sympathy for the Devil” and find out what else Edgar Allan Poe’s Raven has been quoth’ing on about. Plus: What scares the man whose job it is to scare kids of all ages?

November 18, 2013

As listeners of Ask Me Another know, not only do we force our VIPs to play games, but we also ask them to provide a grand prize. Actor Justin Long offered to be the voice of our champion’s alarm clock, and, as you’ll hear in this podcast-only bonus, he delivered. Now wake up!

November 14, 2013

(Episode 302) As the saying goes, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” and this week’s Very Important Puzzler, actor Justin Long, knows this phrase all too well. While he’s known for starring in romantic comedies like He’s Just Not That Into You and Going the Distance, Long’s knack for celebrity impersonations comes in handy for a game in which he brings Woody Allen, Michael J. Fox and others to life. Plus: channel your inner Gollum, rework some classic Disney tunes, and play a game that asks you to find the common denominator between four seemingly unrelated things.

November 13, 2013

Actor Justin Long has a knack for impressions, and lent his talents to a game he hosted in this week’s show, “A Little Impression Goes A Long Way.” In this podcast-only extra, hear some bonus material from Justin’s game: his impersonation of Christopher Walken. Hear the full episode with Justin Long starting November 14, 2013.

November 7, 2013

(Rebroadcast, Episode 219) Would you classify your high school self as an A/V nerd, band geek or mathlete? This week’s show pays homage to them all. In the games, we’ll spoil some famous films by not spoiling anything at all, teach you how to “put a Björk in it,” and make an inordinate amount of cat jokes. And Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and The Heat, discusses why funny women should be bigger stars, and reflects on the legacy of his beloved creation, the short-lived TV series Freaks and Geeks.

October 31, 2013

(Episode 301) Shake things up in our nation’s capital with one of D.C.’s music legends. In this hour, recorded at the NPR Headquarters in Washington, our Very Important Puzzler is the prolific and outspoken Ian MacKaye. The front man of the D.C. punk bands Fugazi and Minor Threat shares tales from the road, and muses about what “punk” means today. Plus, try out your best Nicolas Cage impression, play a game that asks you to create new company names after imagined big-time mergers, and search for National treasures.

October 30, 2013

In this podcast-only extra, hear punk rocker Ian MacKaye tell Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg about the time he was invited to support his fellow punks in the band Fear during their performance on Saturday Night Live in 1981. It involved John Belushi, lots of wild dancing, and an angry response from Eddie Murphy.  Hear the entire episode with V.I.P. Ian MacKaye starting November 1, 2013.

October 28, 2013

Happy Halloween from Ask Me Another! In this podcast-only extra, Jonathan Coulton performs his spooky song “Re: Your Brains” live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. This song is best enjoyed if you sing along in a very scary zombie voice.

October 24, 2013

In this week’s show, recorded at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, play games about famous sets of twins, grammatically-incorrect song lyrics–and did you know that James Bond also has a “license to grill”? Pun alert! Our V.I.P. is the woman who helped add 13 hours of marathon-watching to our schedules: Piper Kerman. She’s the author of Orange is the New Black, the memoir that inspired the hit Netflix series about life in a women’s prison. Plus, two Mystery Science Theater 3000 veterans riff on bad movies.

October 22, 2013

Piper Kerman spent about a year in a minimum security women’s prison, the details of which she shares in the memoir-turned-TV show, Orange Is the New Black. Prison food left much to be desired, so Piper and her friends took up the hobby of cooking on the sly with whatever ingredients, and methods, they could find. In this podcast-only extra, hear Piper share her recipe for Prison Cheesecake. (And it only calls for one contraband item!)   Hear the entire episode with V.I.P. Piper Kerman starting October 24, 2013.

October 17, 2013

You may know this week’s V.I.P. (Very Important Puzzler) Steve Guttenberg from such iconic films as Diner, Cocoon, and Three Men and a Baby. But he wears plenty of other hats – author, reality show contestant, even Guinness World Record holder. In this episode we’ll explore all things Gute. Plus, we’ll dine out on some soft rock, give movies the Randy Newman treatment, and find out that Mark Twain isn’t all he’s cracked up to be.

October 10, 2013

Want to know what J.D. Salinger was really up to during all those years as a recluse? He wrote racy letters to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dined with Michael Jackson and cut a track with the Foo Fighters. At least according to V.I.P. Tom Ruprecht, a former Late Show With David Letterman writer and author of a totally phony oral history of Salinger’s life. In addition to faking history this week, we invite you to talk like a 1930s movie gangster, sing songs heard on television and guess your favorite author’s fictional characters.

October 8, 2013

During his time as a writer for Late Show with David Letterman, Tom Ruprecht enjoyed poking fun at then-President George W. Bush. In this podcast-only extra, Ruprecht tells Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg about one joke that didn’t go over too well with the White House.  Hear the entire episode with V.I.P. Tom Ruprecht starting October 10, 2013.

October 3, 2013

(Rebroadcast) This summer spectacular, recorded outdoors in New York City’s Central Park, is a jam-packed show. The Office’s B.J. Novak hits the puzzle hotseat for a Shakespearean pop quiz, Wet Hot American Summer filmmaker David Wain flaunts his movie trivia prowess, and Kurt Andersen, host of PRI’s Studio 360, stakes his claim as a literary romantic. Plus, a ukulele-strumming Nellie McKay joins Jonathan Coulton to sing the catchiest songs of summers past, and NPR Puzzlemaster Will Shortz tries to stump contestants with a doozy of a final anagram showdown.

September 26, 2013

Making heads or tails of the ever-changing job market can be a puzzle in and of itself. Luckily, this week’s Very Important Puzzlers — Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg, co-creators of NPR’s Planet Money podcast — give the scoop on how they help listeners make sense of the global economy. Plus, a literary twist on blockbuster-style movie trailers, a tribute to city names of yesteryear, and a game all about repeating words for effect…effect…effect.

September 24, 2013

In this podcast-only extra, Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg of NPR’s Planet Money imagine a wondrous land full of oil and diamonds, with a booming economy and where everyone eats poutine all day. Canada! What can America learn from our neighbors to the north? The economics experts weigh in. Hear the full episode, Ask Me Another #224, starting Sept. 26, 2013.

September 19, 2013

Do you know what a Russian pig sounds like? What about a Japanese bee? Find out as we test you on animal kingdom noises, spoil some TV show finales, and walk the streets with a song in our hearts. Plus, our V.I.P. may make her living as a Czech musician, but she’s a Jersey girl at heart — it’s Cristin Milioti, who was nominated for a 2012 Tony Award for her role of “Girl” in the Broadway musical Once.

September 17, 2013

In this podcast-only extra, hear actor and Broadway star Cristin Milioti reflect on a family game night gone horribly wrong; it involved Texas Hold’em, an unspeakable insult, and a possibly-drunk Dean Martin. Hear the entire episode with VIP Cristin Milioti in Ask Me Another #202, available starting September 19, 2013.

September 12, 2013

Do you like trivia? Do you enjoy food? This week, you can have your cake and eat it too. Two professional competitive eaters square off in a music round inspired by a certain Twisted Sister song. Our Very Important Puzzler, Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport, dishes about culinary trends, the scourge of Yelp reviews and why he hates giving wine advice. Plus, trivia rounds about nursery rhymes, bad spelling and ironic facts. Find out who’s the cream of the crop, and who’ll be mincemeat.

September 5, 2013

If you’re crazy about public radio game shows (and who isn’t?), prepare yourself for a double dose of NPR hosts. This week’s Very Important Puzzler, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal, gives you the inside scoop on his show’s zaniest moments. Plus, shop for famous homes that were once featured in films and TV shows, put your knowledge of card games to use, and shake up a classic Beatles tune to shine the spotlight on animals other than “The Walrus.”

September 3, 2013

In this podcast-only extra, Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” reflects on riding a hog, disappointing his father and sharpening his own parenting skills. Hear the entire Peter Sagal episode of Ask Me Another #222, available starting September 6, 2013.

August 30, 2013

In this podcast-only extra, Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” defends his nerd status, claiming he’s not an International Grandmaster Nerd, but more of a Regional Competitor Nerd. Hear more from VIP Peter Sagal on Ask Me Another #222, available starting September 6, 2013.

August 30, 2013

Our first ever Really Hard Edition revisits some of the trickiest games played on Ask Me Another. Yes, this episode is full of subjects known to put fear (or, for some, joy) into your hearts: philosophy, history, math. But fret not. We’ve put our own spin on them, and injected healthy doses of comedy, music, pop culture and puns. Amid these grueling rounds, get into the head of puzzle editor Art Chung, who reveals the process behind creating the show’s games. Plus, how could we have a Really Hard Edition without anagrams from NPR’s puzzlemaster, Will Shortz?

August 23, 2013

If you believe in magic, then this week’s show is for you. We’ll play word games based on Missy Elliott lyrics, do our own version of a TED talk, and brush up on our foodie lingo. We’ll also learn about irregular plurals, and take a thesaurus to the Oscars. This week’s V.I.P. is comedian and podcaster Julie Klausner, who dishes on pop culture and her love of The Monkees.

August 16, 2013

(Rebroadcast) For our first-ever show on the road, we chose a city near and dear to our hearts: Boston. In this rousing hour, taped live at the Wilbur Theatre, we poke a little ‘pun’ at the local accent, imagine famous songs as if they had been written about Boston neighborhoods, and sing everyone’s favorite Fenway Park anthem. Plus, we step up our own game, bringing you three guests and hometown heroes: film critic Wesley Morris, young adult author Lois Lowry, and the wit of Capitol Hill, former Congressman Barney Frank. We have to hand it to Bostonians—they are not ones to shy away from the puzzle hot seat.

August 9, 2013

(Rebroadcast) The “Frankenstein-Dracula,” the “King’s Indian” and the “Fried Liver” are all famous ways to do what? As this week’s V.I.P., International Grandmaster of chess Maurice Ashley, knows, they’re all strategies to begin a chess match. In this episode, Ashley divulges his own chess-playing strategy that combines Zen-like meditation with CIA-like mind games. Plus: anagrams for foodies, cartoon characters with speech impediments, and gender-bending pop songs. Ready to play? Check and mate.

August 2, 2013

Strap on your safety goggles: we’re turning up the Bunsen burners for a special math and science-themed episode, recorded at the 2013 World Science Festival. Play games that contain a Periodic Table spelling bee, turn pop songs into algebraic equations, and imagine if Greek goddesses had their own franchise of Real Housewives. Plus, our Very Important Puzzler, Cornell University math professor Steven Strogatz, is on a mission to prove that math isn’t scary, but actually joyful.

July 26, 2013

This week, test your trivia prowess in games about celebrities who share the same name, tech companies that sound like Star Wars planets, and musicians whose names sound delicious. Plus our Very Important Puzzler, comedian, actor and author Michael Ian Black, reveals how becoming a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle launched his career. Hear him break out his best Valley Girl accent in the game “Just Do It?,” and since he’s a poker enthusiast, we up the ante with a card-themed quiz.  

July 20, 2013

Would you classify your high school self as an A/V nerd, band geek or mathlete? This week’s show pays homage to them all. In the games, we’ll spoil some famous films by not spoiling anything at all, teach you how to “put a Björk in it,” and make an inordinate amount of cat jokes. And Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and The Heat, discusses why funny women should be bigger stars, and reflects on the legacy of his beloved creation, the short-lived TV series Freaks and Geeks.

July 17, 2013

In this podcast-only extra, director Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Heat) talks with Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg about his early forays into show business. These include performing magic at a nursing home and, a few years later, stand-up comedy in a Detroit biker bar. Plus, hear which whip-smart movie inspired him to get into filmmaking, and how he fared in his past game show experiences. Hear more from VIP Paul Feig on Ask Me Another #219, available starting July 19, 2013.

July 12, 2013

This summer spectacular, recorded outdoors in New York City’s Central Park, is a jam-packed show. The Office’s B.J. Novak hits the puzzle hotseat for a Shakespearean pop quiz, Wet Hot American Summer filmmaker David Wain flaunts his movie trivia prowess, and Kurt Andersen, host of PRI’s Studio 360, stakes his claim as a literary romantic. Plus, a ukulele-strumming Nellie McKay joins Jonathan Coulton to sing the catchiest songs of summers past, and NPR Puzzlemaster Will Shortz tries to stump contestants with a doozy of a final anagram showdown.

July 11, 2013

The show we recorded at Central Park’s SummerStage was so jam-packed, we couldn’t include everything in the radio show. In this podcast-only extra, singer-songwriter Nellie McKay and house musician Jonathan Coulton perform McKay’s song, “Bodega.” (Say it with us: “boh-DAY-guh.”)

July 5, 2013

(Rebroadcast) In the Ask Me Another justice system, contestants are quizzed by two separate yet equally important groups: the puzzle gurus, who investigate pop culture and word oddities, and the score keepers, who prosecute the answers. This week, hear their stories as we test our V.I.P., political pundit Keli Goff, on her favorite series, Law & Order. Plus, celebrate history’s greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Carly Rae Jepsen.

July 3, 2013

(This is a podcast-only extra.) Actor and writer B.J. Novak (NBC’s The Office, Inglourious Basterds) joined Ask Me Another recently as a Very Important Puzzler. When asked if he grew up in a game-playing family, he launched into a story about the time he played Scattergories with the King of Pop. Listen to the extended cut of his epic tale.   This is a sneak peek of the show we recorded in New York City at Central Park’s SummerStage on June 14th, 2013. Hear the full episode on July 12th, 2013.

June 28, 2013

If you’re the type of person who gives your pet a name like “Chairman Meow,” then you’ll be right at home with this week’s games. We’ll combine highbrow folks (world leaders) with the lowest form of comedy (puns), spend a little time in Celebrity A-A, and find out what happens when house musician Jonathan Coulton applies his mellow song stylings to the electric wizard, Jimi Hendrix. Plus, we have the inventor of fantasy baseball, Daniel Okrent, on the show to play a game about the sport’s most hilarious oddities.

June 21, 2013

Sorry, Beatles fans: This hour, Jonathan Coulton turns some of the Fab Four’s most beloved hits into trivia questions about famous historical figures. Is nothing sacred? We’ll also put the King of Horror’s son, novelist and B-movie aficionado Owen King, in the puzzle hot seat as our V.I.P. Plus: Play a game that has nothing to do with the HBO series Game of Thrones, and translate common expressions into medical conditions. When it comes to our contestants, you never know what is going to come out of their alimentary canals

June 14, 2013

(Rebroadcast) Science takes center stage this week as we play games about scientific discoveries both intentional and accidental. We’ll get brainy with our Very Important Puzzler, host of WNYC’s Radiolab Jad Abumrad, as he talks about his quest to become a science vampire. Plus, we roll the dice on clues about our favorite board games and find out the premises of fake TV show adaptations, from Finding Emo to Oy! Story.

June 7, 2013

Word nerds, unite! This week’s show will whet your appetite for wordplay with a game that mashes up famous names and food items into portmanteaus. Our Very Important Puzzler, comedian and co-creator of The Daily Show Lizz Winstead, is a bonafide game fanatic who shares the definitions of her own, made-up vocabulary. Plus, get tongue-tied in Italian and find out which of your friends have “aptronyms” for names. It may even be you.

May 31, 2013

You can always count on Ask Me Another to cover a wide range of useful knowledge. In this episode, learn the middle names of former Presidents while solving famous murder mysteries from the movies. And this week’s Very Important Puzzler, author Dan Kennedy, will teach you about his eclectic interests, including trout fishing, fighting forest fires and blurring the lines between fiction writing and real life.

May 24, 2013

(Rebroadcast) This week’s versatile V.I.P., Rosie Schaap, has had spells as an author, an ordained minister, a fortuneteller, and a bartender — which serves her well during a delectable drinking game. And with quizzes covering highfalutin children’s literature, crossbred celebrities and a geologist’s favorite Queen song, this week’s contestants show a little versatility, too.

May 17, 2013

This week, Ask Me Another leaves the decision making up to host Ophira Eisenberg, as we revisit some of her favorite games from the past two seasons. Ophira’s motto: the weirder, the better. We’ll analyze literary classics and bestsellers based on one-star Amazon reviews, flip through the pages of etiquette manuals published in the early 1960s, and even attempt the impossible: play Pictionary…on the radio! Plus: a tribute to a Billy Joel classic, reading advertising slogans like Valley Girls, and a quiz all about Starchild, Demon, Space Ace, and Catman — otherwise known as the rock band KISS. It’s a trip down Ophira’s memory lane — no flashback sequence necessary.

May 10, 2013

For our first-ever show on the road, we chose a city near and dear to our hearts: Boston. In this rousing hour, taped live at the Wilbur Theatre, we poke a little ‘pun’ at the local accent, imagine famous songs as if they had been written about Boston neighborhoods, and sing everyone’s favorite Fenway Park anthem. Plus, we step up our own game, bringing you three guests and hometown heroes: film critic Wesley Morris, young adult author Lois Lowry, and the wit of Capitol Hill, former Congressman Barney Frank. We have to hand it to Bostonians—they are not ones to shy away from the puzzle hot seat.

May 3, 2013

This week, go grocery shopping with celebrities, learn to pronounce some really long German words, and have a little ‘pun’ with animal noises. Plus, find out about one man’s quests to read the encyclopedia from A to Z, live his life according to the Bible, and achieve bodily perfection—author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs. How do you quiz the V.I.P. who knows everything?

April 26, 2013

(Rebroadcast): Ever wanted to run away with the circus? This week’s show might be the next best thing, as Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, The Big Apple Circus’ husband-and-wife team of globetrotting masked comedy masters, pay a visit. Plus, we’ll follow a famous clown around the world, give some military officers a word game salute, and find out there’s nothing original left in Hollywood.

April 19, 2013

This week, test your trivia prowess in games about celebrities who share the same name, tech companies that sound like Star Wars planets, and musicians whose names sound delicious. Plus our Very Important Puzzler, comedian, actor and author Michael Ian Black, reveals how becoming a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle launched his career. Hear him break out his best Valley Girl accent in the game “Just Do It?,” and since he’s a poker enthusiast, we up the ante with a card-themed quiz.

April 12, 2013

On the Internet, you have limitless opportunities. You can leave scathing reviews of literary classics on a public forum. You can make a video of a cat doing a silly dance or falling down…and your work can entertain millions of people. Or, you can order many, many Jonathan Coulton CDs. This week’s V.I.P., Mike Rugnetta, is the host of the PBS web series Idea Channel, and he has a few ideas of his own about the intersection of technology, philosophy, art and culture. We put him to the test to see exactly how well he knows his Internet memes. Plus, we attempt the unthinkable: Pictionary on the radio. Can it be done? Tune in to find out.

April 5, 2013

(Rebroadcast) This week, we revisit the 20th century with Billy Joel, write novels the Robert Ludlum way, and catch words with a subtle silent “t”. Plus, we talk “Fifty Shades of Grey” with our V.I.P. (that’s “Very Important Puzzler”), superstar sex doctor Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

March 29, 2013

The “Frankenstein-Dracula,” the “King’s Indian” and the “Fried Liver” are all famous ways to do what? As this week’s V.I.P., International Grandmaster of chess Maurice Ashley, knows, they’re all strategies to begin a chess match. In this episode, Ashley divulges his own chess-playing strategy that combines Zen-like meditation with CIA-like mind games. Plus: anagrams for foodies, cartoon characters with speech impediments, and gender-bending pop songs. Ready to play? Check and mate.

March 22, 2013

This week, Ask Me Another goes celluloid by revisiting some favorite movie games from the past two seasons. We’ll mash up plots, contemplate why some films have such ridiculous titles, and even get a little Randy. That’s right: did you know that any movie can be Randy Newman-ized with a jaunty tune? Plus: overseas American films get lost in translation, and monsters and villains attempt online dating. Celebrate your inner cinephile, you connoisseurs of IMDB. We’re bringing the lights, camera and action to the radio. (This episode contains previously-aired material.)

March 15, 2013

Science takes center stage this week as we play games about scientific discoveries both intentional and accidental. We’ll get brainy with our Very Important Puzzler, Radiolab host Jad Abumrad, as he talks about his quest to become a science vampire. Plus, we roll the dice on clues about our favorite board games and find out the premises of fake TV show adaptations, from Finding Emo to Oy! Story.

March 8, 2013

(Rebroadcast) What famous fantasy novel follows a group of rabbits in search of laundry detergent? How about Watership Downy? This week on NPR’s hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia: famous works of art and literature are slapped with product placement, we honor “Weird Al” Yankovic’s timeless tunes, and one of Ask Me Another’s own puzzle gurus challenges the puzzle world master, Will Shortz, in an anagram showdown for the ages.

March 1, 2013

In the Ask Me Another justice system, contestants are quizzed by two separate yet equally important groups: the puzzle gurus, who investigate pop culture and word oddities, and the score keepers, who prosecute the answers. This week, hear their stories as we test our V.I.P., political pundit Keli Goff, on her favorite series, Law & Order. Plus, celebrate history’s greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Carly Rae Jepsen.

February 22, 2013

You may know this week’s V.I.P. (Very Important Puzzler) Steve Guttenberg from such iconic films as Diner, Cocoon, and Three Men and a Baby. But he wears plenty of other hats: author, reality show contestant, even Guinness World Record holder. In this episode we’ll explore all things Gute. Plus, we’ll dine out on some soft rock, give movies the Randy Newman treatment, and find out that Mark Twain isn’t all he’s cracked up to be.

February 15, 2013

(Rebroadcast) If you love playing around with palindromes, quoting Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess, and spotting factual errors in the news (Editor’s note: “What factual errors?”), then this episode will make you so happy, you’ll want to clap your hands. Plus, this week’s hilarious V.I.P., Baratunde Thurston, has some advice for the Area Man or Woman in all of us.

February 8, 2013

“Shake it like a polar bear ninja!” If you suspect that these are not the correct lyrics to Outkast’s “Hey Ya!”, then this week’s game of mondegreens (misheard lyrics) is for you. We’ll also visit the world of late-night infomercials, learn how to tell the difference between Michael Caine and Anthony Hopkins, and root for our favorite gluttonous, envious, lustful basketball team: the Phoenix Sins. Plus, V.I.P. David Rees teaches us how to sharpen pencils the artisanal way.

February 1, 2013

This week’s versatile V.I.P., Rosie Schaap, has had spells as an author, an ordained minister, a fortuneteller, and a bartender — which serves her well during a delectable drinking game. And with quizzes covering highfalutin children’s literature, crossbred celebrities and a geologist’s favorite Queen song, this week’s contestants show a little versatility, too.

January 25, 2013

(Rebroadcast) So you think you’re a TV buff. But how well do you know shows by their episode titles? Contestants are put to some pop culture challenges, like deciphering breakfast cereal haikus and a remixed nursery rhyme. Plus, this week’s V.I.P. is a certain brainiac who shares a few of his favorite apocalyptic prophesies.

January 18, 2013

Ever wanted to run away with the circus? This week’s show might be the next best thing, as Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, The Big Apple Circus’ husband-and-wife team of globetrotting masked comedy masters, pay a visit. Plus, we’ll follow a famous clown around the world, give some military officers a word game salute, and find out there’s nothing original left in Hollywood.

January 11, 2013

Do you know what a Russian pig sounds like? What about a Japanese bee? Find out as we test you on animal kingdom noises, spoil some TV show finales, and walk the streets with a song in our hearts. Plus, our V.I.P. may make her living as a Czech musician, but she’s a Jersey girl at heart — it’s Cristin Milioti, star of the Broadway musical Once.

January 3, 2013

This week, we revisit the 20th century with Billy Joel, write novels the Robert Ludlum way, and catch words with a subtle silent “t”. Plus, we talk “27 Shades of Grey” with our V.I.P. (that’s “Very Important Puzzler”), superstar sex doctor Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

December 17, 2012

On this behind-the-scenes, podcast-only extra, host Ophira Eisenberg warms up the crowd before a taping of Ask Me Another with a childhood tale of her fascination with Christmas. Plus house musician Jonathan Coulton and special guest John Roderick perform a rousing rendition of the title track from their new holiday album “One Christmas At A Time.”

July 27, 2012

If you love playing around with palindromes, quoting Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess, and spotting factual errors in the news (Editor’s note…What factual errors? …then this episode will make you so happy, you’ll want to clap your hands. Plus, this week’s hilarious Mystery Guest has some advice for the Area Man or Woman in all of us.

July 20, 2012

What famous fantasy novel follows a group of rabbits in search of laundry detergent? How about Watership Downy? This week, famous works of art and literature are slapped with product placement, we honor…Weird Al…Yankovic’s timeless tunes, and one of Ask Me Another’s own challenges the puzzle world master in an anagram showdown for the ages.

July 13, 2012

Can you tell the difference between a Harry Potter spell, a prescription drug, and a piece of IKEA furniture? This week, some brainy contestants have the chance to befriend both Gore Vidal and Dracula, while our Mystery Guest, a Rhodes Scholar-turned-filmmaker and comic book scribe, is put to the test in this hour of puzzles and trivia.

July 6, 2012

This week’s contestants try to translate some international film titles, like…Meetings and Failures in Meetings…back into English, and name another military official, besides Colonel Sanders, who’s famous for his chicken. Chances are, this week’s Mystery Guest, a sweet-toothed chemist in her culinary laboratory, knows the answer.

June 29, 2012

Host Ophira Eisenberg and her puzzle gurus serve up presidential tunes from our nation’s capital, such as the hit song…Summer of 69… by the second U.S. President John Adams…wait a minute. Also on the menu are a variety of cheeses—or are they Moby Dick characters? This week’s Mystery Guest probably knows, since his specialty is intelligence.

June 22, 2012

What sounds right…remember the Alamo…or…remember the Aniston? For this hour of puzzles and trivia, it may help to know both. Contestants try to top the lyrical talents of Justin Bieber, while a backwards spelling bee turns a few heads. Plus, our Mystery Guest, a best-selling journalist, tests his knowledge of pro athletes-turned-bad actors.

June 15, 2012

What ever happened to predictability? …asked one esteemed poet – or was that a TV theme song? Host Ophira Eisenberg and her puzzle mavens travel to Washington, D.C. to look for math in odd places, and some classic novels find some fitting new underwriters. All this, plus a special visit from this week’s Mystery Guest, a worldly NPR correspondent.

June 8, 2012

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt shares a name with several of us, but did you know that Swingers director Jon Favreau shares his name with a White House speechwriter? This hour of puzzles and games involves shared names, fictional love triangles, and a quiz specially tailored for our Mystery Guest, a notable rock critic and pop culture aficionado.

June 1, 2012

What if horror film characters ran personal ads on dating sites, and musicians wrote songs like…Wake Up, Little Herman? Our puzzle gurus imagine such a world, while our Mystery Guest, a 21st-century political darling, tells us what makes America sexy, and shows us that the good life is but a tweet away.

May 25, 2012

House musician Jonathan Coulton takes a 90s alt-rock hit around the world in this week’s music game, while contestants go to Tinseltown for some weird movie mash-ups. And ever wonder what car Tiger Woods might drive if he wanted to keep out of Page Six? Speaking of news, this week’s Mystery Guests tell us how they keep in tune with the headlines.

May 18, 2012

“Radio is a sound salvation,” sang Elvis Costello, and it’s also the theme of Jonathan Coulton’s euphonious music quiz. Speaking of music, our Mystery Guest is a Broadway superstar, put to the test on her musical theater know-how. Plus, mutated movie titles, a double name game, and an etiquette test from the 1960s. Got a light?

May 11, 2012

What do you get when you throw Leonard Bernstein, a 19th-century murderer, and the CEO of Goldman Sachs in a room together? Perhaps the best R.E.M. song ever. In this hour, contestants create horrific hybrids like Dr. Moreau, rewrite some outdated Cole Porter lyrics, and join this week’s Mystery Guest to evaluate their own signature flourish.

May 4, 2012

So you think you’re a TV buff—but how well do you know your shows by their episode titles? This week’s contestants are put to some pop culture challenges, like deciphering breakfast cereal haikus and a remixed nursery rhyme. Plus, a certain brainiac shares a few of his favorite apocalyptic prophesies.